Bloom day, the fifteenth of each month, has rolled around the calender again and for December’s chilliness the sunroom/greenhouse is the place to be. Cattleya Slc. (Pumpkin Festival ‘Fong Yuen’ x Naomi Kerps ‘Fireball’) or Pumpkin for short is starting to fade fast, no Christmas flowers this time, but did manage to be in bloom for the big Thanksgiving bash. Two and one half months is a good amount of show time for the catts, but its bloom day inclusion is over until next fall. Thanks for the good times Pumpkin. See you next year.We are giving the cyclamens a go for the first time.Straight from the grocer’s shelf. It is hoped they can be planted outside in the ground this spring. No tag means we can safely assume these are hardy. Smirk.In the latest post about the sunroom/greenhouse, click here to read about that, the tag with the name of this paph orchid was questioned. Research and the process of elimination have corrected that assumption. Paphiopedilum Raven ‘Forever More’ x Paph. curtisii ‘Imperial Purple’ or Raven for short is believed to be the correct name.Still in bloom after several months is Paphiopedilum (Starr Warr x Maudiae) ‘Pisgah’ x Paph. Dark Spell ‘Wolf Lake’, or Star Wars for short. Months of bloom time for a single flower and small sized plants make the paphs my favorite orchids, not to mention the exotic flower form.Put on your coat, hat, gloves, scarf and boots for its time to go outside and see what we can uncover in the way of flowers blooming in the garden. Under the deck we find this orange wallflower, Erysimum citrona orange still hanging on. This was also featured in the November bloom day post.On warmer days the pansies and violas will lift their heads for portrait making.Sometimes they need a little gentle human hand holding them so the lens can focus on their beauty.They are more like creatures than flowers with their whiskered faces.Buds not quite open will be counted as blooms today to help pad the numbers. The heathers are fully loaded in buds that are still tightly clasped. This is Erica darleyensis ‘Mediterranean Pink’.
Also in bloom or bud shown below are, from left to right, annual dianthus, Sheffield Pink mum, chaenomeles (flowering quince), white phlox subulata, erysimum (wallflower) and the yellow button mum. But the biggest treat was found in bloom under the tall pines at the edge of the property.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’. Out of three of these shrubs planted eight years ago, there was one flower opened. Drought has taken its toll on these shiny broad leaf evergreens. They are using all their resources just to stay alive. New growth with the formation of flowers is asking too much of them in these lean times. A lesson here for us all.
For more bloom day posts, check out the Matriarch of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Carol of May Dreams Gardens.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
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The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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